The Future of Windows: “Smart” window technology is another reason to build your new Texas home or invest in replacement windows.
Special Coatings Save Birds, Reduce Energy
The American Bird Conservancy tested and approved a window coating that uses birds’ ability to see light in the ultraviolet spectrum. The coating creates a “barrier” that is visible to birds but not humans. This type of coating can save millions of birds from injury or death from flying into glass windows. Bird-friendly, energy-efficient windows are available as laminated glass or insulated units combined with Low-E coatings.
Another type of coating poses to reduce energy costs for new homes in Texas. The patent-pending coating is a sustainable electricity-generating spray coating. The coating applied to the glass panes of new or replacement windows does not compromise window transparency.
Windows on Your New Texas Home Can Wash Themselves
Self-cleaning ovens have been around for some time, and autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners are no longer a novelty. Now, smart technology eliminates the labor-intensive process of washing windows. Robotic window cleaners are a time-saving option, and also add the element of safety for hard-to-reach areas. Using motor-powered suction, these automated machines clean from edge to edge, inside and out. Choose between complete automation or a remote-control options.
Clear to Opaque Glass Technology is Advancing
Changing a window from clear to opaque with the touch of a button adds privacy and reduces cooling costs. But, few new homes in Texas make use of electrochromic technology. High cost, the lag time in transitioning from clear to opaque, and the inability for the windows to get dark enough are some of the limitations. Applying electrical voltage to an electrolyte gel and a transparent conductor changes the glass from clear to opaque. A negative charge causes ions to form a solid metal, darkening the glass. Then, a positive charge makes the metal dissolve and revert back to clear glass.
An even more promising electrochromic prototype works without electricity. It intuitively transitions from clear to dark with a glass temperature change. It works by applying an thermochromic filter inside a Low-E coated double pane window. When temperatures reach a certain high, the filter activates and the tinting transition works to block the heat from the sun, reduce glare and UV damage, and maximize cooling efficiency. Cooler temperatures don’t affect the filter, so the window remains clear for enhanced solar gain.
Windows on New Homes in Texas Will Capture Solar Energy
The ability to generate electricity poses great possibility for windows on your new Texas home. Research in the development stage uses small organic molecules to absorb ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths. Without affecting window transparency, a glowing infrared light is guided to thin strips of photovoltaic solar cells. Then, it is converted to electricity. Windows used for new homes in Texas could become energy generators! The replacement window marketplace would also benefit. Smartphones and auto glass are other potential beneficiaries.